Creative Classrooms Connect
Welcome to Creative Classrooms Connect, a space for Key Stage 2 teachers to access, share and respond to music-making resources created by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, primary teachers and other experts in music education. We’ll be regularly uploading ideas for classroom music activities, with which we invite teachers to interact.
This resource is designed to help you and your class use Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring in the classroom. We have found that by working in a creative, hands-on way children can begin to understand and enjoy the repertoire the London Philharmonic Orchestra performs and this in turn can enliven your music lessons. We have outlined the background to the piece, how to listen it and included a four-session creative project that shows you how to create your own version of the famous opening.
In these two projects we explore Tchaikovsky’s famous 1812 Overture in different ways. Project 1 focuses on composition inspired by Tchaikovsky, in which two tunes from the piece are used to create a class battle of the melodies. In Project 2 we invite teachers to recreate the victorious finale of the piece with your class, using classroom percussion, any instruments children already play, and body percussion.
This is a vocal composition project based on the music and stories of Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. We have outlined the background of the piece and the composer, followed by how to create your own version of Scheherazade with your children. This project is designed to be flexible, so you can make it as simple or as challenging as you like. This being the case, it could take as few as two sessions or be extended much longer.
Please feel free to adapt the ideas below to suit the resources you have and the needs of your children.
In this festive lesson, we use the cumulative structure of the popular song The Twelve Days of Christmas to create a class performance on percussion instruments, with some ideas for taking it further.